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Comment Re:Thaty's the wat to do it ... (Score 1) 257

It depends on the school. When I lived in the Midwest and Northeast, were the typical institutional meals- burgers and chicken nuggets, and pizza made from cardboard. In Louisiana, they had real southern cooking in schools. There can be good meals in public schools, but most places do not do it.

There is also the issue that some people have a gene, that if expressed, makes broccoli taste bad. For me, eating broccoli is like eating moldy food. I am just not going to eat broccoli no matter how hungry I am.

As far as Okra, try it fried or with stewed tomatoes.

Comment Re:Waste of time... (Score 1) 151

Yeah, what of all the Carrier and Vendor pre-installed crap. It all sits right there next to the Google apps. No one uses them because they are crap.

I remember an old phone (Infuse I think) where there was an AT&T map application that required some monthly fee to use. Who would use that when there was Google Maps sitting right next to it. I ended up using Waze instead.

Look at what the industry was like 10 years ago. You paid out the nose for a custom ring tone. Remember those locked in app stores? Google's insistence on forcing the vendors to install their stuff is why there is an open market today.

Comment Re:Photoshop (Score 1) 889

Apps aren't the blocking element for the switch to Linux. I've said it before and I'll say it again: it's the ability to recover relatively painlessly that is lacking in Linux. As for apps, there are hundreds of business specific ones (TimeMatters for the legal profession, Photoshop for graphic artists, Final Cut Studio for film makers, and so on) the open source alternatives for these are woefully lacking - most don't exist and if they do they are pale imitations of the originals (GIMP vs Photoshop... there's just no comparison). First and foremost, something like the MS KB system for errors with the OS rather than 3rd hand forum jockeying. Remote & trusted diagnostics/fixes that do not reset personal settings. Online anti-virus/malware/etc akin to Panda Software's old 'Active Scan' so that when stupid user syndrome hits it can be dealt with *without* having to lock my system down with every anti-whatever under the sun.

Once it's easy to recover, people like me will make sure the people around us switch and with userbase come the app developers.

CorelDraw (and the companion app) were really nice programs. There was even a version proted to Linux back in the day. Problem was, they were not Photoshop. Does not matter how good the program is, it does not have the UI of Photoshop so people complain.

You want a Vendor supplied knowledge base? You mean like ? Satellite, Puppet, or Chef can all automate and remote administrate machines. I am not aware of remote scanning for Linux, but not really needed if you enable SElinux.

None of this is available for cheap home use. If you want cheap, go do a web search for a solution to your problem.

Comment Re: in-vehicle concierge (Score 1) 417

Some features are great, and not everyone wants the same exact set.

I love the Pandora App. It is essentially a shortcut: Car stereo connects via bluetooth to my cell phone, start Pandora on my Cell, then play the most recently selected station on Pandora. I do not need to pull out my cell phone and mess around trying to get it to sync and start playing some music streaming app.

Comment Re:Does Laid off = fired? (Score 1) 179

I was "fired" at my last job. 2 years I received 10K raises for the good work I was doing, then when I am on vacation. Then there is a problem with with an install while I am on vacation, and I take the fall. The company tried to claim it was for cause, but the State denied that claim immediately.

The reality was the company was hemorrhaging cash during the recession, and was trying to lay off employees, but not pay unemployment. Almost half the staff was let go over the course of the year, and no one was denied unemployment, though the company tried with everyone.

Comment Re:And yet... (Score 1) 663

Calories matter, but source of Calories matter almost as much. Starch and sugars (Carbs) raise insulin levels. Insulin not only helps are bodies burn glucose, but at high levels of insulin, convert glucose into fat.

Low carb diets take advantage of low insulin levels to keep the body from converting food into fat storage. Other processes help too, such that fat, protein, and fiber take longer to process so keep on feeling satiated longer. One still needs to track food, but it becomes easier.

It is much easier to feel full eating a small salad, an 8oz steak and a side of steamed asparagus then it is to eat a 4oz steak and baked potato even if the two have equal amounts of calories. The former is also more nutritionally complete and keep insulin levels low.

Comment Re:It's news to me (Score 1) 62

I read a credit card just by looking at the front of the card. I generally use a piece of technology to read the card- glasses.

A few years ago, I used a credit card at a Restaurant, and the waiter must have copied down the number as a week later, I get a Call from Visa Fraud Prevention. Someone was using my card across the State from where I live. And they were swiping a card at gas stations. It is not really necessary to read the mag stripe to steal a credit card number.

This is why I use a Visa or MasterCard, so I am protected when someone steals my card number. It is going to happen eventually, as it is way to easy to copy down someone's number and reuse it.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen